A Family Law Practice Devoted
to Alternative Dispute Resolution


by Michael Tobriner

Law and Mediation Offices of Michael C. Tobriner

Michael Tobriner has practiced family law in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. He devotes his practice to Alternative Dispute Resolution in family law. Michael is a Certified Family Law Specialist through the State Bar of California and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has served as a mediator and as collaborative counsel in numerous family law cases and is a participating member of Collaborative Practice San Francisco and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. Michael is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Law School. Click here for more about Michael.

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a method of resolving family law matters in a fair, efficient, and respectful manner without litigation. Clients can choose ADR to resolve all types of family law issues, including divorce, separation, partnership dissolution, child custody, child and spousal support, property division, premarital and post-nuptial agreements, and co-habitation agreements. ADR offers clients the opportunity to participate fully in the dispute resolution process and to create solutions that take into account the goals and interests that they themselves identify as important to their own families. ADR permits clients to move through the dispute resolution process with dignity and respect both for themselves and for the others involved. ADR avoids the hostility, bitterness, and loss of control that inevitably accompany litigation. ADR methods include collaborative practice, mediation, cooperative negotiation, and settlement conferences.